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"Liberty to the Downtrodden"Thomas L. Kane, Romantic Reformer$
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Matthew J. Grow

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780300136104

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300136104.001.0001

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Fugitive Slaves

Fugitive Slaves

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(p.113) 7 Fugitive Slaves
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"Liberty to the Downtrodden"
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Matthew J. Grow

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300136104.003.0008

This chapter focuses on Thomas L. Kane's work in relation to the Fugitive Slave Law. It explains that Kane resigned as judicial clerk upon the passage of the law because it required him as a U.S. commissioner to perform a central role in capturing and extraditing fugitive slaves. It discusses the conflict Kane's resignation caused between him and his father, John Kane, and suggests that this conflict illustrates the divide within the northern Democratic Party over slavery.

Keywords:   Thomas L. Kane, Fugitive Slave Law, judicial clerk, fugitive slaves, John Kane, Democratic Party, slavery

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